Monday, 4 October 2010

A gentle southerly breeze in the morning provided suitable conditions for watching visible landbird migration, and quite good numbers of birds were counted flying south overhead. Skylarks were the most numerous species with a total of 260 passing through during the morning, while numbers of other species came to 197 Meadow Pipits, three Tree Pipits, five Grey Wagtails, one Yellow Wagtail, 128 Chaffinches, 24 Goldfinches, 11 Siskins, seven Greenfinches and six Reed Buntings. The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn was found at Ty Pellaf, along with a House Sparrow and a Pied Flycatcher, and a Long-eared Owl – another addition to the island year-list – was discovered roosting behind Cristin. Other landirds included six Wheatears, two Song Thrushes, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Blackcap, seven Chiffchaffs, nine Goldcrests, 11 Great Tits, six Blue Tits, four Jackdaws and 14 Starlings. A Red-throated Diver flew by at sea and a Water Rail and the Knot were still present. The Melodious Warbler, now in its twelfth day on the island, was trapped again in the back garden of the observatory.

Yellow-browed Warbler (c) Ben Porter
Chaffinch (c) Ben Porter
Pied Flycatcher (c) Ben Porter
Blue Tit (c) Ben Porter
Sparrowhawk (c) Ben Porter
Starling (c) Ben Porter

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